How to write while travelling? This is a question that creates a sense of doubt in every travel blogger when they are planning to cover a destination in words. Writing is one of the best things you can do while travelling. Its like preparing your own travelogue to share with your friends or family later. I write a lot when I travel and I have to say, it feels awesome when I read it later because all those memories, views and actual images of those places come in front of my eyes as I keep on reading.
Anyhow, it can also be tough writing while travelling because of all the distractions and tiredness of travelling all day. I know you are thinking “Maybe I should use my phone to write about my Journeys” NO!!! Never use any technology to write about your Journeys.
Travelling is natural and natural things don’t need technology to describe them. Here’s how you can write while you travel.
One Notebook. Thats it!
One small handy notebook is more than enough for you to write about your journey. I always carry my handy notebook or should I say my diary with me to write down everything I see. The best thing about carrying a handy notebook with you is that you can look into it anytime you want. It is portable, it is inexpensive and it feels good in a traveller’s hand.
Writing content that is relevant.
Relevancy is important. The big mistake writers do while traveling is that they write everything(literally everything) they see or hear. This is not always good as it clutters up your notebook and makes it look confusing. To Avoid this, I usually write poems when I travel as my poems describe the whole place in 4-8 lines. Its ok if you’re not a poet, but that doesn’t mean you cant shorten the writings. Here’s an example by BILL and JOSH.
Bill and Josh are both travel writers, here’s how their writings are very different.
BILL – I’m seeing the highest mountain in this region touching the blue sky while passing through the clouds, it is as magical as I’m describing it.
JOSH – There is a mountain in front of me, it is known as the highest mountain of in region. Its height if 17500ft and I can see it passing through the clouds and touching the clear blue sky. It feels amazing to see this beauty of nature and it is magical.
Did you see the difference? Exactly. The words of Bill describe the whole place in a short but descriptive format whereas Josh is describing it as a bookish article. Thats the difference.
Right vocabulary for right description.
I’ve often seen travel writers using words like beautiful, amazing and magical. Move on people, there’s an entire dictionary waiting for you with more that are more beautiful and magical than them. It is always beneficial to look for synonyms when writing such descriptive words as your words are gonna put your reader into their imaginary world.
Here’s another example of Bill and Josh.
BILL – The valley is full of blossomed flowers slowly dancing to the winds and creating an aura of peace.
JOSH – The valley is very beautiful and almost feels magical. There are flowers that are dancing because of wind and are also making me feel like I’m at a state of peace.
To write in the day or at the night?
This is perhaps one fo the most aside questions when it comes to travel writing and I have the answer to this. We usually travel during the day.Right? So writing at that time can get a little tough but If we decide to write at the night, it can get tougher as we are already tired by our trip the whole day. So whats best? Day or Night?
The answer is day or night anytime when you have that place in front of your eyes. One of the key things in travel writing is writing when you feel the aura of that place.
If you are going to Himalayas and you write when you return back to your home, it isn’t gonna be as effective as it would be if you would’ve written about it right there when those magnificent mountains were in front of you.
What to do with those writings?
Well, most people don’t use their writings to share their experience with the world but I definitely think you should as it feels awesome when you do it. It is an amazing feeling when you see someone imagining the entire story while you recite it. One good way of sharing your travel story is share it with us. Yes, you can share your story with us and we’ll publish it. We love listening to travel experiences and if you got one, we’d be more than just interested to hear it.
You can mail us your articles on [email protected] and our editorial team will have a look into it. If approved, your article would be on our blog.
Remember, the articles should be of more than 800 words and ORIGINAL. Describe your trip in as much details as you can like BILL did. Use perfect words to make perfect sentences. Here’s an example : Heaven on Earth : Lambasingi
Anubhav Bhatt, Travel Blogger.